Headed Nowhere Fast?

Stop following someone else’s map.

Cast all your votes for Dancing

Mondays are often both pregnant with hope and laced with fear. Fear is a very deadly foe and can kill our hope if we let it.

One of my favorite Poets is a 15th century mystic by the name of Hafiz. He has a poem that I think is appropriate for Mondays. It is called, “Cast all your votes for dancing”.

I know the voice of depression still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life still send their invitations.

But you are with the friend now and look so much stronger.

You can stay that way and even bloom!

Keeping squeezing drops of the Sun from your prayers and work and music and from your companion’s beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun from the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved; And my dear from the most insignificant movements of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, but then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.

You are with the friend now. Learn what actions of yours delight Him, what actions of yours bring freedom and love.

Whenever you say God’s name, dear pilgrim, my ears wish my head was missing so they could finally kiss each other, and applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

O keep squeezing drops of the Sun from your prayers and work and music and from your companions beautiful laughter.

And from the most insignificant movements of your own holy body.

Now sweet one, be wise.

Cast all your votes for dancing!

It is so easy to fall into the habits of self loathing or negative thinking or hopelessness.

But, I urge you to celebrate the you your maker intends for you to be. Let the counterfeit stuff you have learned to depend on fade away and vote for dancing that you may reveal your light for the world today. It longs for your light.

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